The Success of Persian Gulf War
Mar 6, 1991
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One week after announcing a cease-fire in the Persian Gulf war, and on the evening before Secretary of State James Baker’s diplomatic tour of the Middle East, President Bush addressed a joint session of Congress, .. Read More
One week after announcing a cease-fire in the Persian Gulf war, and on the evening before Secretary of State James Baker’s diplomatic tour of the Middle East, President Bush addressed a joint session of Congress, proclaiming victory in the Persian Gulf war. In his remarks, President Bush said American troops would begin to return from the Persian Gulf region shortly. He also said, however, that the U.S. would maintain diplomatic ties with the situation in the Persian Gulf, and called for the “end of the Arab-Israeli conflict.” President Bush also stated that Israel must give up territory gained during the Arab-Israeli wars in return for peace in the region. Without stating a specific plan, he indicated in his remarks that “peacemaking in the Middle East requires compromise.” Later in his speech, President Bush called for a new concentration on solving the nation’s domestic problems. However, he stated no new legislative proposals for domestic issues. The joint session, called by Speaker Foley after the coalition forces' victory in the Persian Gulf war, was characterized by displays of support for the president: many members of Congress wore American flags on their person, while many Republican members wore yellow buttons with the message, “I voted with the president.” President Bush was greeted with a chant of “Bush! Bush! Bush!” upon his entrance. Before introducing the president in the usual manner, Speaker Foley departed from tradition and expressed the support of the Congress for the coalition victory in the Persian Gulf war.